This course is heavily based in materials. I will provide samples for you to experiment with, but you will be responsible for purchasing materials for individual projects. The tools you need are listed here and the materials library we will be using lives at the Crafting Tech site.

You should get these tools and materials ASAP and bring them to every class.

1. General

  • paper ing range of weights, colors, textures, etc (e.g. tracing, vellum, cardstock, etc.)
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • small tip brushes
  • ruler
  • tape (single, double sided, and/or glue dots)
  • hot glue
  • hot glue gun
  • clear nail polish
  • wire clippers
  • wire snips
  • tweezers
  • liquid containers (to store inks)

2. Paper-related

3. Electronics

You will need these as well, but not immediately:

  • Breadboard
  • Arduino Uno + jumper cables
  • Small Recording Module, sound greeting card, or 1/8 inch audio cable (old headphones, anyone?)

3. Fabric

  • A basic sewing kit including needles, thread, seam ripper, etc.


Acquire these materials as you need them for projects – or just to experiment!
I am still in the process of updating these. Many, many more distributors and products are available. Check Adafruit, Sparkfun, Less EMF, Evil Mad Scientist, Inventables, and How To Get What You Want for full inventories.

Conductive Ink

CuPro-Cote  conductive ink at EMF
Silver conductive ink at Conductive Compounds
Bare conductive ink for the body at Bare Conductive

Resistive Ink

Y-Shield  resistive ink at EMF
Liquid Graphite resistive ink  at Guerra

Thermochromic Ink

Thermocromic water based inks at Matsui
Thermocromic plastisol inks at Ebay
Thermocromic inks Kits at Ebay

EL Ink

Electroluminescent ink and other EL display materials at Gwent Electronic Materials

Other Inks + Pigments

Pigments and unique paints at Guerra
Water based  silk screen kits at Victory Factory

Conductive Textiles

Conductive Fabric for circuits at EMFSparkfun and Silverell
Conductive Thread for sewing machine at Sparkfun
Conductive Thread for hand sewing at Sparkfun
Resistive Thread (light gray) at EMF
Velostat by 3M at EMF

Conductive Tape + Adhesive

3M™ Copper Conductive Tape at Tedpella

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